van Hooft

Independent Arbitrator and Counsel
February 2018 – present

Annet sits as arbitrator (sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator, president) in international arbitrations pursuant to institutional (CEPANI, CMAP, ICC, NAI, WIPO) and ad hoc rules (UNCITRAL), pursuant to various applicable laws, and concerning various sectors and subjects, e.g., life sciences, mining, construction, technology and corporate disputes (post-M&A, joint-ventures).

Annet also acts as co-counsel in IP and construction related cases.

Bird & Bird, Paris, France

Partner, Co-Head International Dispute Resolution Practice
September 2011 – January 2018

Annet advised and represented clients from various sectors, e.g., life sciences, energy, and construction in international arbitrations (DIS, CEPANI, HKIAC, ICC, LCIA, NAI, SCC, SCAI, WIPO) pursuant to various applicable laws. She also represented clients in international arbitrations in the field of post-M&A disputes. She regularly acted as arbitrator in international arbitrations (DIS, CEPANI, ICC, CMAP, ad hoc).

Jones Day, Paris, France

September 2006 – September 2011, Senior Associate

Annet advised and represented clients from a wide variety of industries, e.g., construction, pharmaceuticals, energy, and hospitality in international arbitrations pursuant to institutional (ICC, SCC, WIPO) and ad hoc rules (UNCITRAL), pursuant to various applicable laws. She regularly acted as arbitrator in international arbitrations (ICC). 

ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris, France

March 2004 – September 2006, Counsel

Annet managed a team and provided advice regarding the ICC arbitration rules to parties, counsel, and arbitrators. She supervised hundreds of international arbitration proceedings, prepared ICC Court decisions, and scrutinized numerous draft arbitral awards.

Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Brussels, Belgium / New York, U.S.A.

October 1997 – February 2004, Senior Associate

Annet advised on a wide range of issues under contract and corporate law, including on cross-border acquisitions and international joint ventures.



University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A., LL.M. 1997.
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, “Doctoraal” Art History (M.A.) 1996.
Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, “Meester in de Rechten” (J.D.) 1995.


Bar admissions

Rotterdam Bar (1998)
Annet van Hooft has registered “arbitration” as her specialization in the Dutch Bar Association’ registry. Pursuant to the rules of the Dutch Bar Association, this registration obliges Annet to obtain 10 CLE points annually in this field.

New York Bar (1999)

Paris Bar (98/5/CE, 2007)



Recognised in 2020 as a Thought Leader by Who’s Who Legal saying “Annet van Hooft is a distinguished name in the European arbitration market with extensive experience with IP disputes in the life sciences and technology sectors.

Recognized in ‘Who’s Who Legal France’ and ‘Who’s Who Legal Arbitration’ 2019 which says “‘Annet van Hooft is a brilliant lawyer with an extremely quick understanding of what matters in a case’ according to peers, who praise her impressive handling of construction and IP disputes.

Recognized in ‘Who’s Who Legal Arbitration: Future Leaders – Partners 2018’ and listed among the 10 most highly regarded partners in Europe.

Recognized since 2017 in the Best Lawyers in France for Arbitration and Mediation.

Winner of the ‘Best in Commercial Arbitration’ Award of the seventh annual (2017) Euromoney Legal Media Group Europe Women in Business Law Awards.

Recognized in Legal 500 Paris which mentions that Annet is known to be “pragmatic and has “extensive ICC experience.


professional activities

Co-Chair of the International Arbitration Commission of the Paris Bar

Honorary President of the Bucharest International Arbitration Court (BIAC)

Co-Author with J. Grierson of ARBITRATING UNDER THE 2012 ICC RULES: AN INTRODUCTORY USER’S GUIDE. Kluwer Law International, May 2012

Co-editor in Chief of b-Arbitra (published by Kluwer and available in the Kluwer Arbitration Database)

Former Vice Chair of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR